Monomania

May 6, 2013 | Format: MP3

$9.49
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: May 6, 2013
  • Label: 4AD
  • Copyright: 2013 4AD Ltd
  • Total Length: 43:14
  • Genres:
  • ASIN: B00CJP1G8O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,182 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

Every good band has to put out a "back to basics" album.
Darren Cardoza
At any rate, I highly recommend this album to any fan of indie-rock or alternative.
T. A. Daniel
Monomania contains their most nuanced, fertile, and mature writing to date.
Brian E.

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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Brian E. on May 7, 2013
Format: Audio CD
Atlanta indie rockers Deerhunter have reached the apex of an arc they have traveled since the beginning of their career. Each subsequent release has trended toward cleaning up their sound and crafting shorter, more tightly constructed tunes, which culminated with their breakout 2010 effort, Halcyon Digest. So after riding that rail as far as it can go, what's next?

There is the temptation to pull an Animal Collective, who veered sharply back toward their old school sound on the followup to their watershed album Merriweather Post Pavilion. But Deerhunter's response has been far more intricate. Their new album, Monomania, maintains the sharp focus demonstrated on Halcyon Digest while confidently displaying a messier, less frilly, and more free spirited sound. The result is a record that's much more challenging than its predecessor, and ultimately more rewarding.

Frontman Bradford Cox has drawn from some new influences to give rise to an abrasive, rough around the edges sound. As he attested in a Pitchfork feature article, Monomania draws inspiration from the likes of Hank Williams, John Lee Hooker, and Bo Diddley. If you're a fan of those artists but don't have much background with Deerhunter you likely won't see much resemblance. However, looking at it through Deerhunter lenses reveals a much more swashbuckling and swaggering sound than we've seen from this band thus yet. More than ever Cox is becoming a lightning rod as frontman, and is proving to be a fascinating one at that. On several songs here he fashions himself as a transient figure -- a wandering vagabond who is caught in the moment of not knowing what he wants to do, but knows he hasn't found it yet.

This manifests itself best in Monomania's traveling songs, the most enamoring of which is "Pensacola.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By T. A. Daniel TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 7, 2013
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SHORT STORY:
Monomania is a great record. The band maintains a delicate balance of experimentation and accessibility. A must-own if you liked their previous records.

LONGER STORY:
I'll just preface by saying that I absolutely love Deerhunter. The Atlanta-based band feels like a mad scientist, throwing together genres, tropes, instruments, and ideas into a cauldron all the whilst cackling madly. In 2010, the band released HALCYON DIGEST -- an album that would streamline the band's music into a (mostly) no-frills version of Deerhunter. The album was commercially and critically successful, but importantly, it felt like the band had turned a new exciting corner. For that reason, 2013's MONOMANIA has been highly anticipated -- would we get another HALCYON DIGEST? Or would the band turn its next corner and move on to new sounds? Would the band retreat back into its past catalog in response to their newly received attention? The answer to these questions is "Yes." MONOMANIA is sort of all of these things.

The album starts off with "Neon Junkyard" -- it's a tumbling tune that mostly dictates the course of the album. It takes 20 seconds for the song to take a coherent form, but before this time, "Neon Junkyard" is an amorphous collage of sounds with none of them really fitting together. At the magical 20-second mark, all the music catches in step and we get a very clear, precise melody that occasionally detours and meanders. The band has described this album as "Nocturnal Garage," and while that description is apt (like the album's cover), I think "Neon Junkyard" might be more fitting. As a whole, this album is made of old, discarded parts: lo-fi alternative rock, 80's era shoegaze, Hank Williams-era country, etc...
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Donald E. Gilliland on November 12, 2013
Format: Audio CD
I'm in my mid-50s but I still love hearing and discovering interesting new music. I prefer things more Alternative and Alt-Country or Americana as opposed to bland pop and hip-hop. On the "alternative" rock side of the spectrum, for lack of a better term, Deerhunter is one of the more interesting new bands I've heard in the past decade or so. I've bought all their albums thus far and have enjoyed each one, this new one included. I hesitate to proclaim "Monomania" as their finest effort, but the more I listen to it, I think that could indeed be the case.

Seeing as how I have a few years/decades of music listening under my belt (time to make another notch!) I can't help but compare Deerhunter to other bands that I've heard and enjoyed over the years. There are a few cuts on this album, especially the track "Pensacola", that remind me of the Replacements. High praise indeed! At other times Bradford's vocals remind me of a young Iggy Pop with a dash of Tom Verlaine tossed in. And on the noiser stuff I'm reminded a little of of Mission of Burma. But in the end, Deerhunter seems to be carving out their own distinct sound. To me, it sounds like they still haven't quite nailed it, but they are getting closer, and more thrilling, with each album.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ramin D. on June 13, 2013
Format: Audio CD
With not a dud of a record to their name, there's no longer any question that Deerhunter are at the highest echelon of the most consistent and creative bands of the past decade. OK, so Monomania isn't quite the 5-star ethereal jawdropper that Halcyon Digest was, but it is still no less an invigorating slab of rock and roll, verging on punk. NPR's claim that this has a "dirtier, wirier, looser, and less fussed-over feel" than Halcyon Digest is pretty dead-on. It is also somewhat of a grower; I was thinking around 3.5 stars the first couple of times I heard it, but now I'm wondering if I should reserve the right to "up" that rating even higher than a 4 as it continues to stand the test of time.
In my humble opinion, though, I find Monomania too frontloaded to honestly give it a perfect score. The first five songs (and what fantastic songs they are) collectively trump everything else that follows, with two possible exceptions: The title song near the end of the album is a five-minute chainsaw-style fury of sublime noise that leaves one literally drained, in a good way. T.H.M., which is almost more electronica than rock and thus sounds a bit out of place on this record, hooks you kind of like Radiohead did once upon a time.
The bottom line is that even after 10 years, Deerhunter's highly varied yet consistently excellent output leaves one thirsty for more. I just hope that we don't have to wait close to another three years to hear more!
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